Ann Arbor Rec & Ed offers a free physical activity program for older adults

ANN ARBOR, me. – Older adults looking to improve their physical activity can join a new Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed) program at Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The organization offers the SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) program free of charge for adults aged 65 and over from mid-May to July.

The evidence-based program is designed to help reduce fall risk factors by increasing strength and improving balance.

Lessons take place virtually via Zoom. Each includes an educational component, warm-up, light aerobics area, regular fitness assessments and balance exercises, strengthening and stretching exercises that can be done while sitting or standing.

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Participants should:

  • Be 65 years of age or older

  • live in southeast Michigan

  • be able to take classes 3 times a week for 10 weeks

  • Internet access via a computer, smartphone, laptop or tablet

The free program is available thanks to funding from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Aging & Adult Services Agency.

Interested parties can contact the supervisor of the Rec & Ed fitness and yoga program and SAIL instructor Terry McNeely by email at [email protected] to inform themselves in advance and to register.

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